Iran president raps stance of European countries in meeting with UK’s Johnson

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attacked the three European countries of Britain, France, and Germany for what he called baseless allegations against Iran, stressing the need for them to implement their nuclear deal undertakings.

Rouhani made the remarks in a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.

He expressed regret over the EU3’s recent allegations that Iran was involved in the Yemeni drone attacks against the Saudi oil installations, saying that such baseless statements are not constructive and are useless in this serious and complicated situation.

President Rouhani also lambasted Britain for its shortcomings in implementing JCPOA commitments to benefit Iran from the nuclear deal advantages.

He underlined the context of the JCPOA which heralded positive economic atmosphere for Iran, and urged the EU states to put into operation the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) as soon as possible.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian president referred to ‘Hormuz Peace Initiative’ he will present to the UNGA session on Wednesday, saying cooperation between regional countries is the only way to ensure sustainable stability and security in the region.

Other countries namely Britain’s support is effective to help realize the JCPOA objectives, he reiterated.

Johnson, for his part, stressed the fact that London is keen to develop relations with Tehran, adding that Britain has always supported the JCPOA.

He said that he had made major efforts to dissuade the US administration from pulling out of the nuclear deal.

Pointing to Iran’s effective role in the region, Johnson expressed the hope for continuation of the nuclear deal and de-escalation of tensions in the region.

Rouhani arrived in New York late on Monday to attend the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

“I will also get the Iranian nation’s message across to the international community. The Iranian people are suffering from a cruel economic war. Iran is a nation of resistance and wants everyone to return to their commitments and laws,” added Rouhani who was talking to the Iranian media in New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.